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					Welcome to the
 Church in
  Corinth:

The Bridezilla
  of Christ!
Corinth: The City
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

• Divisions among the leadership
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

• Divisions among the leadership
• A man is having an affair with
        his stepmother
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

• Divisions among the leadership
• A man is having an affair with
        his stepmother
 • There are many in the church
     who think this is great!
   ―Freedom in Christ‖ is their
             montra
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

• Divisions among the leadership
• A man is having an affair with
        his stepmother
 • There are many in the church
     who think this is great!
   ―Freedom in Christ‖ is their
             montra
 • The rich and sophisticated are
taking advantage of others, even
    taking each other to court
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

• Some like to visit prostitutes in
      the pagan temples
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

• Some like to visit prostitutes in
      the pagan temples
• Others say anything enjoyable
 is sin, so they abstain from all
things pleasurable, even marital
                sex
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

• Some like to visit prostitutes in
      the pagan temples
• Others say anything enjoyable
 is sin, so they abstain from all
things pleasurable, even marital
                sex
 • Big debates about how to be
   involved with their pagan
      religious background
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

•Worship was an absolute mess –
     disorder, cultural issues
 regarding men and women, and
   people getting drunk on the
        communion wine!
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

•Worship was an absolute mess –
     disorder, cultural issues
 regarding men and women, and
   people getting drunk on the
        communion wine!
 • The Spiritual Gifts of God are
present, but it is charismania and
    absolute bedlam in their
             meetings
Corinth: The People in the
          church
 10 issues Paul has to bring up

•Worship was an absolute mess –
     disorder, cultural issues
 regarding men and women, and
   people getting drunk on the
        communion wine!
 • The Spiritual Gifts of God are
present, but it is charismania and
    absolute bedlam in their
             meetings
 • Some people in the church do
  not actually believe that Jesus
    rose bodily from the dead.
How Paul deals with all of this…
      Let „em have it, Paul!!
                       1 Corinthians 1:4-9
4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you

in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every
  way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge— 6
because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. 7
 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly
 wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will keep
 you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the
day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God, who has called you into
  fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
                       1 Corinthians 1:4-9
4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you

in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every
  way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge— 6
because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. 7
 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly
 wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will keep
 you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the
day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God, who has called you into
  fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
  Enough with being Mr. Nice Guy!
What ya gonna hit „em with first, Paul?
                   1 Corinthians 1:10-17
   10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord

  Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so
that there may be no divisions among you and that you
   may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My
 brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed
me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is
this: One of you says, ―I follow Paul‖; another, ―I follow
  Apollos‖; another, ―I follow Cephas‖; still another, ―I
                       follow Christ.‖
                     1 Corinthians 1:10-17
  13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were

you baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I am thankful that
I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15
so no one can say that you were baptized into my name.
    16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas;

beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)
  17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach

 the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the
           cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
        The Solution – Agree with one another

                    1 Corinthians 1:10
  10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord

 Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so
that there may be no divisions among you and that you
      may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
The Problem – Chloe’s informants narced! Schisms in
               the church at Corinth

                  1 Corinthians 1:11-12
   11 My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have

informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What
I mean is this: One of you says, ―I follow Paul‖; another,
   ―I follow Apollos‖; another, ―I follow Cephas‖; still
                another, ―I follow Christ.‖
I follow Paul!!
I‟m an Apollos man!!
Cephas was mentioned in Matt. 16:18!!
       Ok, let‟s forget about 5 verses later…
“Oh Yeah! We‟ll I‟m better than all of
       you. I follow Christ!”
        This party spirit is a really good idea –
             The dripping sarcasm of Paul

                     1 Corinthians 1:13-16
  13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were

you baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I am thankful that
I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15
so no one can say that you were baptized into my name.
    16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas;

beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)
Three Big Questions
              Three Big Questions

1. If the Bible teaches that unity is very important, why
       are there so many Christian Denominations?
The Early Church Drifts…
     The age of Christendom begins
 Constantine – Edict of Milan 313 A.D.
  Leadership/Church Organization
         Doctrine of Baptism
  Creeds, Liturgy, Church Calendar,
           Sacramentalism
Sacerdotalism/Priesthood - The Lord’s
      Supper becomes a sacrifice
          Martin Luther 1483-1546

  Augustinian Monk
95 Theses in Wittenburg
    Studied Romans
      Faith Only
    Scripture Only
     Predestination
Book of James a ―book of
         straw.‖
 Kept much of Catholic
   worship practices
                  John Calvin 1509-1564


Influenced most strongly by Zwingli

Strongly influenced by theology of Augustine

Most influential theologian of the Reformation

Emphasized Historical/Covenantal Theology

Wrote Institutes of Christian Religion

Established an autocratic theocracy in Geneva

Best known for his emphasis on Predestination

TULIP
          Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531)



          Swiss Reformer
     More radical than Luther
Rejected almost all Catholic forms of
             worship.
   Differed on the Lord’s Supper
His influence led to the Anabaptists,
       yet he persecuted them
 Principle influence on John Calvin
 Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531)




Statue of Zwingli in Zurich, Switzerland
     The Anabaptist Movement (1530’s and later)
                   The Radical Reformation

Menno Simmons 1496-1561

                                    Christendom is a danger

                          Infant Baptism is not baptism into the faith

                          Personal Faith is the only thing that matters,
                                    not family or state faith

                              The Roman Catholic Church is to be
                             departed from because of its apostasy
                                           King Ferdinand declared drowning
                                               (called the third baptism)
                                            ―the best antidote to Anabaptism.‖


                                              THE QUOTE OF THE TIMES:
                                           ―16th century man who did not drink
                                               to excess, curse, or abuse his
                                               workmen or family could be
                                           suspected of being an Anabaptist and
                                                     thus persecuted.‖



King Ferdinand, Holy Roman Emperor 1558-
                  1564
             ―The Protestant Reformation challenged neither the
  Christendom framework nor the demise of mission. But their
       church-planting contemporaries, the Anabaptist, rejected
  Christendom as a delusion, engaged in serious ecclesiological
    reflection, and designated Europe as a mission field. To the
  Reformers, as to their Catholic opponents, this was an affront,
      and dangerous to both church and society. On of the few
  subjects on which Catholics and Protestants agreed in this era
that Anabaptism was subversive and needed to                 was
   be eradicated. The Catholics tended to burn
them; the Protestants normally beheaded them;
     but both operated on similar Christendom
 assumptions and applied similar Christendom
                                     methods.‖

         ~ Stuart Murry, Church Planting: Laying Foundations
            Three Big Questions

2. Is it always right to go along with the flow in the
                    name of unity?
                          Galatians 1:6-9
 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who

  called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different
gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people
   are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the
gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should
preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be
  eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say
 again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what
          you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!.
                        Colossians 2:18-19
    18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the

worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes
into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind
 puffs him up with idle notions. 19 He has lost connection with the
 Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together
   by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
                               Jude 1:3-4
3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the

  salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend
   for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4 For
   certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago
  have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who
   change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and
           deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
         Three Big Questions

3. What then does it mean to be non-divisive?
                          Ephesians 4:2-4
 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one
another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit
 through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit--
    just as you were called to one hope when you were called.
                        Romans 14:17-20
17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,
but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because
  anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and
  approved by men. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do
what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy
 the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is
   wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to
                            stumble.
         Romans 12:18
        If it is possible,
as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.
              Paul’s Passion for them –
        To be deeply Gospel Centered people

                  1 Corinthians 1:13-16
 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach

the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the
         cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
                      Romans 1:16
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power
of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first
            for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

				
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